Chiropractic Basics

How does chiropractic care help?

Chiropractic care restores spinal mobility, range of motion, and flexibility. It speeds recovery by increasing circulation and decreasing muscle tension. It decreases chronic symptoms and pain using natural & conservative methods to promote the body's own healing capacity. Good motion is essential for the health of the spine and muscular system.

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession with the purpose of diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system.

Chiropractic returns the body to balance using effective spinal manipulation, massage, myofascial release, and traction to normalize joint mobility, reduce nerve interference, and relieve stress from the musculoskeletal system.

Why massage therapy?

Massage therapy improves circulation, increases blood and lymph flow, and stimulates the nervous system. Dr. Clary recommends massage therapy to increase muscle flexibility, decrease muscle tension, improve body mechanics and posture, and improve overall muscle tone while decreasing stress.

Why choose Dr. Clary for your chiropractor?

Dr. Clary performs over 6000 office visits a year. He is very skilled with spinal manipulation. He is a second generation chiropractor who has been trained by specialists from California, Oregon, and Washington. He graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in 1996.

Dr. Clary chooses to empower the patient by teaching specific exercises and stretching to maintain/restore good muscle tone and full range of motion. Integrity and ethical chiropractic treatment is what you will receive. You will be advised what care is recommended after your first visit. You will appreciate his conservative skilled approach to treatment. Dr. Clary will print-out specific rehab exercises and stretching customized for every patient. He recommends exercise and stretching daily and using chiropractic treatment on a required need basis rather than weekly visits. Chiropractors check for signs of tension and help relax muscles, restore motion, reduce stress, and improve quality of life by using spinal manipulation and manual techniques.

Why choose spinal manipulation (chiropractic care) over medicine and rest?

Spinal manipulation is also considered "body work" and is used to decrease pain by increasing spinal and muscular movement. Most cases of back pain orginate in the spine (degenerative disc disease/degenerative joint disease/disc bulge/disc herniation) or in the muscular system (tight muscles, muscle tension, spasm, muscle imbalance). Chiropractic care is very effective in reducing pain by correcting the imbalance and restoring motion to the musculoskeletal system.
What if I need medication or a second opinion?

Dr. Clary refers to every discipline of medicine. He frequently uses orthopedic specialists, podiatrists, medical providers, and neurologists if necessary. He refers to acupuncturists and physical therapy. He maintains contact with specialists and will refer if medication or invasive treatment is necessary. His philosophy is to get the patient feeling well as soon as possible using natural conservative therapy such as stretching, manipulation, massage, and traction. If an M.D. or other treatment is necessary Dr. Clary will discuss these matters and assist with the referral.

Why choose Associated Chiropractors?

The quality of treatment is first class. The office staff is very helpful with insurance claims and resolving billing questions. The massage therapists are excellent providers and have been chosen by Dr. Clary. Dr. Clary provides quality, safe, effective spinal manipulation and is very educated in regards to musculoskeletal conditions. The office is located next to Fife High School, and is very clean and professional. Great signage and ample parking makes it easy to find. Located off Exit 137 (Fife/Milton Exit) on 20th Street. Use the map on the homepage to find directions.

When should I call for an appointment?

  • Recurring headaches
  • Neck, Arm, or Shoulder pain
  • Pain in the upper or mid-back
  • Numbness or tingling in hands
  • Lower back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Loss of sleep due to pain
  • Low energy
  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness